Celebrity real estate roundup: Lance Armstrong, Norman Mailer, Chelsea Handler

Pharrell Williams really needs to ‘get lucky’
Zillow
Jul 9, 2013

Lance Armstrong Cycling Through Austin Real Estate Market

When Lance Armstrong makes a move, he does it big – that includes house buying and selling.

The disgraced cycling champion dove into the Austin, Texas, real estate market recently by buying an uber-impressive Lake Austin modern house for $4.34 million, only to turn around and sell the compound six weeks later.

While it’s unclear if the Texas native and admitted blood doping cheat made a profit on 12,553-square-foot contemporary, what we do know is that the buyer was American racecar driver Bret Curtis.

The lakefront spread includes a very cool 200-foot suspension bridge that leads to a private boathouse, not to mention a pool, spa, cabana, rooftop deck, terraced gardens, indoor sport court and art studio.

As for Lance: He may be down, but he’s certainly not homeless. He bought a new Austin home only five days after closing the deal in Lake Austin. The 7,646-square-foot, single-family home was built in 1924 and belonged to former lieutenant governor of Texas and speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Ben Barnes.

Literary Master’s Cape Cod Masterpiece

After attempts failed to raise money to retain Norman Mailer’s bayside home in Provincetown, Mass., as a non-profit, the literary titan’s Cape Cod getaway at 671 Commercial Street has been listed for sale for $3.9 million.

The listing comes six years after Mailer’s death in 2007, and three years after the death of his sixth wife in 2010.

With views of Provincetown Harbor and Long Point and a 100-foot deck overlooking the sprawling, tranquil bay, the shingled, 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home contains both an artist’s studio and writer’s nook in the attic rooms, where Mailer and his wife worked and hosted many family gatherings.

Mailer’s son Michael told The Cape Cod Times that he’d ”like to see a big family move in there and make use of it. It’s sad, but it’s time. We have all moved on with our lives.”

Pharrell Williams Really Needs To ‘Get Lucky’

With two big hits bouncing the radio airwaves this summer, producer/singer/rapper Pharrell Williams is in no mood to sit around and wait for his stellar Miami Beach penthouse to sell. That explains why he’s just knocked the list price down to $10.9 million on the 2127 Brickell Ave apartment he bought back in 2007.

This is the second price drop by Williams on his 9,000-square-foot, 40th floor modern stunner with views of Biscayne Bay and its own in-ground pool. Williams originally had it listed in November 2012 for $16.8 million, then $13.999 million.

In addition to his catchy and chart-topping hits with Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”) and Robin Thick (“Blurred Lines”) Pharrell has been eager to design and build a new custom home.

Chelsea Handler’s TV Exec Ex Lists Their Penthouse

Vodka-loving comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler used to be attached to NBC chairman Edward “Ted” Harbert III, which led to their purchase of a Marina Del Rey, Calif., penthouse back in 2008. After their breakup, Hander sold her share to Harbert, who has finally seen a resurgent Los Angeles real estate market signal that it’s time to sell.

The penthouse in the Azzurra building cost Handler & Harbert $3.7 million, and the 3,319-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom abode at 137000 Marina Pointe Dr., currently listed for $3.95 million. That includes a 100-gallon fish tank.